As Erick Erickson pointed out yesterday, Donald Trump has accuses American soldiers of stealing from the war effort, TWICE.
Now, NBC News is reporting that the Trump Campaign is in damage control:
Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested soldiers who embezzled funds from Iraqi reconstruction efforts were “living very well.”
“Iraq. Crooked as hell,” Trump said at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. “How about bringing baskets of money, millions and millions of dollars, and handing it out?” he asked. “I want to know who are the soldiers that had that job because I think they’re living very well right now, whoever they may be.”
Trump’s spokesperson insists he wasn’t referring to American military personnel. “Mr. Trump was referring to Iraqi soldiers,” Hope Hicks said to NBC News Tuesday evening.
The Trump campaign could offer no backup for its claim. The fund for distributing cash during the reconstruction was controlled by the U.S.-led coalition.
Later NBC added:
“For him to smear our troops and veterans as he has, it is disqualifying, as far as I am concerned,” retired Major General Paul Eaton said.
Twitter reacted appropriately:
Trump on the military:
'I like people who weren't captured'
Our soldiers in Iraq were stealing money
He's going to pivot any day now…
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) June 15, 2016
For my Republican friends…don't get freaked out by Trump's thing about soldiers stealing money. He'll say something far worse tomorrow.
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) June 15, 2016
Trump defenders in my TL spilt between "he meant Iraqi soldiers!" and "maybe our soldiers *did* steal lots of $!"
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 15, 2016
Trump denigrated POWs in Vietnam & now defames US soldiers in Iraq. Decent Republicans should repudiate him, and the party should dump him.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 15, 2016
(h/t Right Scoop)